Despite there being nearly 20 public and not-for-profit colleges in Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College is the only one of these schools that has EMT training available. Students in Hawaii can choose from three different EMT licensing levels, including basic (EMT-B), intermediate (EMT-I), and paramedic (EMT-P). At the basic and intermediate levels, a certificate is earned; paramedics are usually awarded an associate's degree. EMT students must complete each level in turn before advancing to the next. Programs include clinical training and/or internships. Students must be certified in first aid and CPR to be admitted into the programs.
Kapiolani Community College
Kapiolani Community College is located in the Honolulu area and has an emergency medical technician certificate program that prepares students for EMT-B and EMT-I licensure. Students learn how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, control hemorrhages and treat shock. The program also teaches students how to bandage wounds, handle patients who have behavioral problems, help burn victims and immobilize fractures. To enroll in this 24-credit program, students need to have First Aid and Basic Life Support certification.
Students who complete this EMT training program might consider pursuing an associate's degree for mobile intensive care technicians. This program prepares students for EMT-P licensure and is only available for applicants with EMT-B or EMT-I licenses. The program includes training on electrocardiograms, endotracheal intubation, intravenous fluids and defibrillators. Students participate in internships and clinical experiences in addition to taking general education courses.
To become licensed as EMTs, students have to complete the appropriate education and training for their chosen level of certification and take the corresponding examination. Additionally, EMT candidates must pay the necessary fees and submit an application to get the licensing process started.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Kapiolani Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Emergency Medical Technician Certificate,
Associate in Science - Mobile Intensive Care Technician
| $3,144 (in-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator